1. I'll never be successful because of my background, education, etc.
Anybody can be successful. It's a matter of wanting to, then doing what it takes to achieve it.
2. I make too many mistakes; successful people don't make mistakes.
Successful people make mistakes just like we all do. They just don't repeat them.
3. I'll have to work 60 (70, 80, 90...) hours a week to be successful.
It's not a matter of doing A LOT of something; it's about doing the right thing at the right time, and being consistent and persistent in pursuing you're goals.
4. I'm too much of a renegade to be a success; I'll only be a success if I "play by the rules."
Who makes up the rules anyway? Each situation is different. Sometimes following the rules is needed, other times making up your own rules is what's required
5. If I have help along the way, it's not really success.
Success rarely occurs in a vacuum. Recognize the people who help you become successful, there are plenty of them.
6. I'm not lucky enough to be successful.
Okay, successful people were also "lucky", but it takes a lot more hard work, diligence, knowledge, application, and effort to be a success than it does luck.
7. It's only success if I make a lot of money... and I haven't made a lot of money.
Money is just one way to measure success, but there are plenty of others: happiness, health, wisdom, friendship, etc.
8. It's only success if everybody knows it.
Look, there are plenty of successful people out there who you have never seen nor heard of. Does that make them any less successful?
9. Success is just another goal.
Success is more what you get when you achieve the goals you've set for yourself. Saying that you "want to be a success" begs the question: "At what?"
10. Once I'm successful, my troubles are over.
You may be successful, but you're not God. You'll still have the ups and downs that you did before. Enjoy what success you achieve and live each day as it comes.
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